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Terragan

Our Mission

by Terragan on February 20, 2017

in Campus Community

Fontbonne and its founding by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet work to further the common good we all share in our exchanging of values of friends and family and through service. Its hard to find another religious order that has been on the forefront and facilitator of social change outside the CSJs. I, coming from a public school background and wasn’t raised in a particularly religious household, found the work and message spread by Fontbonne and its founders to be universal. Our mission statement is:

“Fontbonne University, a Catholic institution sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, is committed to the common good through the daily pursuit of transformative education, inspiring students to become global citizens who think critically, act ethically and serve responsibly.”

We are to search out the most good for our community and be prepared to learn and act in a way that treats our neighbors with love and respect. One doesn’t have to share the same religious views to understand the CSJ’s message of continuous learning and possessing the gusto to better ourselves…together. Only together can we overcome the challenges to our community.

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Living the Mission of Fontbonne University. Whether you know it or not, we all as students are the living and breathing evidence that defies just that. Fontbonne’s Mission statement is:

“Fontbonne University, a Catholic institution sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, is committed to the common good through the daily pursuit of transformative education, inspiring students to become global citizens who think critically, act ethically and serve responsibly.”

A simple yet impactful and powerful statement. I speak on behalf of myself when I say that I value my pursuit in education each day. That being said, I see each day a new day. My goal for each day is to learn something new. It does not matter what that is. Knowledge is endless power. The more knowledgeable you are, the more you can do with it. Not only that but with this knowledge you could shape a better world. Think of Elon Musk and the companies that he founded/co-founded: Telsa, SolarCity, & PayPal just to name a few. Never heard of SolarCity? They are in the process of replacing the current roof shingles with solar panels! In translation: NO MORE ELECTRICITY BILLS! Just look at the photos!

Interested in seeing the keynote for yourself? Here you go!

As always guys, stay classy!

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“Fontbonne University, a Catholic institution sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, is committed to the common good through the daily pursuit of transformative education, inspiring students to become global citizens who think critically, act ethically and serve responsibly.”

Without getting too political, in light of the state of our world today, I think our university’s mission statement is more relevant than ever. Education is, in itself, transformative, as often enough are the institutions from which we receive our education. I loved my undergraduate university because of its commitment to diversity. Students from all over the globe attended Tennessee Tech, and I see the same trend at Fontbonne, which astounds me – our school is relatively small, yet it attracts students from many countries, walks of life, and backgrounds. In my short time at Fontbonne, I have become more culturally educated and open-minded thanks to the diversity showcased upon campus.

My favorite part of our mission statement is the last. Indeed, if anything can be done to inspire us to become these well-rounded global citizens, it should be, especially within the precarious political situation we are dealing with today. I encourage you all to examine this statement and apply it to your own lives. It will always be important to assess each situation critically before acting upon our instincts. As we complete our education and embark on our individual journeys into the world, we should make it our priority to serve those around us – we never know what small actions might be changing someone’s life.

Keep moving forward.

xoxo
Jess

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This week we’re going to talk about Fontbonne’s mission statement!  In case you’re not familiar with it, or if it’s been awhile since you saw it, here it is straight from Fontbonne’s website — “Fontbonne University, a Catholic institution sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, is committed to the common good through the daily pursuit of transformative education, inspiring students to become global citizens who think critically, act ethically, and serve responsibly.”

Since last semester was my first one here, I was required to take INT 105, Culture and the Common Good, which introduced me specifically to Fontbonne’s mission statement, vision, values, statement of Catholic identity, and what they want from me as a student during my four years here…and how I take what I learn into the world.  I didn’t know what to expect in this class, but I can honestly say it was one of the best experiences of the semester.  I was blessed to have the sweetest teacher ever; a very intimate, small class of students with a wide variety of majors; and a large amount of personal growth and development.  Over four months, we had conversations about everything from religion and Fontbonne’s academic convocation to transportation and vocations.  The thread holding all those topics together was the common good, which is clearly stated in the mission statement.  I really enjoyed digging deep into what it means and how it affects practically every aspect of our lives — healthcare, transportation, religion, education, relationships, careers, etc.  The discussions we had were respectful, diverse, and educational.  It was so inspiring to see and be a part of young adults maturely engaging in conversations about sometimes-controversial topics!

I emerged from this class with a much broader view of the world and the people around me — a global citizen.  I now understood and could explain what Fontbonne’s values and mission meant, and I had been encouraged to form my own opinions and thoughts — think critically — while also respecting the people who I did not agree with — act ethically. Ultimately, I found myself embodying Fontbonne’s mission statement in my everyday life, whether I was studying, going to class, eating lunch, working, spending time with family and friends, or interacting with the cashier in a store.  It enshrouded me completely, not just while I was on campus, but everywhere.

I sincerely hope the same thing happened or is happening for you.  You don’t have to agree with everyone 100% of the time. You don’t have to spend 24 hours a day volunteering.  You don’t have to analyze every world event that happens.  But you can certainly aspire and work to be a respectful listener, volunteer, and global citizen.  Let’s all try to do that a bit more in the coming months.

Until next week,

~Anna

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The Fontbonne Mission

by Claire February 8, 2017

The Fontbonne Mission is something that is always lurking in the shadows on campus. It is always present whether we know it or not. To me, the Fontbonne Mission is perfectly aligned with what the President and educators promote on campus every day. “Fontbonne University, a Catholic institution sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of […]

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How Did I Spend Fontbonne Day?

by Alumni Posts May 3, 2016

I was lucky enough to participate in Fontbonne Day for my 3rd time this past April.  Fontbonne Day is the one day a year that the entire Fontbonne community gets together and participates in a day of service.  I was fortunate enough to spend my Fontbonne Day with the Fontbonne Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa. […]

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Something Special About Fontbonne University

by Fontbonne University December 1, 2014

Whether you may know it or not, Fontbonne University is a mission-based university, where majors are born and created to help the surrounding community in which Fontbonne resides. From my perspective, we are always constantly trying to create new ways to help the community in which we live, whether that is through volunteering opportunities like […]

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